Storm Dennis is feared to have claimed a fifth victim after a woman was swept away by floodwater in Worcestershire, with Britain still facing more rain, snow and gale-force winds this week.
Mail Online reports: “West Mercia Police today announced the operation to the woman in Tenbury, Worcestershire, is now a ‘recovery not a rescue’ in light of the ‘circumstances of the length of time in the water’.
“Thousands were evacuated from their homes over the weekend, which saw more than a month’s worth of rainfall in 48 hours and coastlines buffeted by 90mph winds.
“The devastating impact of the floods is seen in shocking aerial pictures from the Powys village of Crickhowell after the River Usk burst its banks. A major incident was declared in Wales after a terrifying landslide in Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf yesterday.
“York and the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives are also nearly entirely submerged after flooding of the River Ouse. The River Wye is the highest it has ever been, causing more havoc in Herefordshire.
“There are currently 462 Environment Agency flood warnings in place, including six ‘danger to life’ ones, with two inches of rain still expected to fall later this week,” the report said.
“A Met Office weather warning has also been issued for ice and snow over the Grampians in Scotland, which will be in place between 6pm tonight and 11pm on Tuesday.
“Yellow warnings for wind and rain are also in place for north and south Wales on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Two families had a miracle escape when the automatic brakes on their Tesla cars stopped them being crushed to death by a falling tree in Storm Dennis
“Financial consultant Laurence Sanderson was driving through Dorset in his £86,000 Model X electric saloon when the enormous oak was blown to the ground on February 15, near the village of Sturminster Marshall.
“Mr Sanderson, from Brentwood in Essex, said that had it not been for the automatic brakes, he and his family would have been ‘toast’.
“Remarkably, the car travelling in the opposite direction was another Tesla, with the cutting-edge technology also working in the nick of time.
Rain and increasingly strong winds will move in from the west on Wednesday morning spreading across the whole of the UK.
“Rain will be persistent and heavy at times in Wales and north western England overnight and a further front will move through on Thursday bringing heavy downpours.”
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: ‘Further rain will arrive on Wednesday evening and this is likely to become prolonged and possibly heavy over areas of high ground. For example, there is a chance that 60mm of rain could fall in parts of south Wales over 24 hours.
“With the ground already saturated there is a chance of further flooding, members of the public should check their flood risk and stay up to date with flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales, SEPA, NI Direct and the Environment Agency,” the report added.
“Fear of a fifth Storm Dennis death comes after West Mercia Police said they are now treating the operation to rescue a woman swept away by floodwater in Tenbury, Worcestershire, as a ‘recovery’ one due to ‘the circumstances of the length of time in the water and other conditions.’
“Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said it had pulled one man from the River Teme at Eastham Bridge on Sunday morning, with a female casualty still unaccounted for as of about 4pm.
“A man in his 60s died on Sunday after being pulled from the River Tawe near Trebanos Rugby Club in Wales, but Dyfed-Powys Police said his death was not being linked to the bad weather.
“A 42-year-old hill walker was found dead after he went hiking in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday.
“Police were scrambled to Stob Ban, a 3,278ft munro located on the south side of Glen Nevis, northwest of Kinlochleven, Highlands at around 1pm on Sunday, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The bodies of two men were pulled from rough seas off Kent on Saturday as the UK was struck by a storm for the second weekend in a row.
“There are fears for a man called Leon Ford, 32, from Guildford, Surrey, who has not been seen since around 2am on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, police are also looking for a woman, 36, who disappeared from a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and is believed to have run into the sea in Brighton.
“The Prime Minister is facing a backlash after it was revealed he has no plans to visit any of the flood-hit areas,” the report said.
“Boris Johnson is currently staying at a country estate in Chevening, Sevenoaks, while Parliament is in recess.
“There is no COBRA meeting scheduled, despite the new Environment Secretary George Eustice insisting ministers have a ‘firm grip’ on the situation.
“A brick wall was knocked to the ground after being hit by the gale force winds of Storm Dennis as it battered London.
“A wall outside a property in Elephant and Castle, London, was knocked over by gale force winds during Storm Dennis
“Within a few seconds, a wall comes crashing towards the pavement and sends bricks flying across the partially empty street.
“The wall’s trellis was pulled off the top and is seen scattered near a parked car and motorbikes.
“Moments later, the clip shows the aftermath of the incident with a property’s door step and pavement covered in crumbled bricks.